In south-east Asia, they have always been a fundamental staple for the many unique yet common culinary backgrounds of Indian, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. Since their arrival to Europe, food courts have often combined outlandish venues with a wild blend of Asian fusion joints, creole cuisine shacks, Latino American grills, also with pizzerias and hot-dog stands. Paris is no exception to this culinary revolution; the French’s fondness for eating together has given the capital its own local color on the worldwide food court scene. Here, when a peculiar venue and a sharp cultural programming are involved, it is the perfect cocktail for a memorable get-together. Here are our top picks:

The most traditional: le Marché des Enfants Rouges
Nested between the old buildings of the Marais: Marché des Enfants Rouges, 39 rue de Bretagne

Planted deep within the hustle and bustle of the Quartier du Marais, the oldest covered market of Paris (since 1615!) hosts counters of a choice of casual, fast-paced, and diverse restaurants. From the Moroccan caterer to Alain Miam Miam's pancakes, including the Japanese Taeko Bento or the good little dishes of the organic corner, you may treat yourselves to a culinary world tour in a single place. Here, tourists and locals of all stripes meet all year round to get a taste of what few other restaurants offer; being equally one of the most cosmopolitan facets of Parisian life.

We recommend: Taeko Bento's fried chicken (12.5€)

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The most unexpected: Ground Control
Hippy Sunday vibes at Ground Control, 81 Rue du Charolais

Let’s be real, anyone who has ever wandered around busy train stations in France knows too well they aren’t exactly its archetypical cultural epicenters. One day; however, you may decide to walk up a rusty industrial spiraling staircase in rue du Charolais, at the top of which, surprise, you will find yourself in a true oasis within the industrial landscape of the desolate and smelly streets adjoining the famous Gare de Lyon. A gigantic hall, a beautiful artistic and cultural program, numerous workshops and events ... Ground Control has established itself as an address of choice for all Parisians in need of space, including families. Here, everyone can pick their meal from a dozen stands: pizzas from Faggio, Mexican burgers from Chilam, Greek delicacies from Kalimera or even barbecue from Asado... Just perfect when no one agrees on the menu!

We recommend: Les Liégeoises waffles (6€)

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The most chic: Galeries Lafayette on Champs Elysées
Lavish dining at the Galleries Lafayette, 60 Av. des Champs-Élysées

In the basement of the famous Galeries Lafayette lies a stunning gourmet space, somewhere between a delicatessen, caterer and gastronomic hall. What to expect? A dozen counters offer good meals around high tables in a modern and bright decor. Well-known names have set up home here: the Chinese canteen La Taverne de Zhao, the cheerful Mediterranean Les Niçois or the Maisie coffee shop and, as a golden triangle, Kaspia caviar. On the sweet side, the emphasis has obviously been placed on remarkable French artisans such as Alain Ducasse's Chocolaterie, À La Mère de Famille or Stohrer. A place where even the most avid foodies will feast!

We recommend: La Taverne de Zhao's braised beef with chef's seasoning (10.8€)

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The most gigantic: La Felicità
La Felicità's humongous hall, 55 Boulevard Vincent Auriol

With more than 30 startup programs, 35 public administrations, 150 VC funds, 4 mentorship offices and 600 events per year, Station F isn’t ashamed of the heights of Silicon Valley and imposes itself as the biggest startup incubator in Europe. Now you may ask: What does this have to do with food? With all these people to feed, its 4500 m2 of space, 1000 m2 of terrace, and 4500 guests every day, La Felicità has attracted a lot of attention lately... Considered as the largest restaurant in Europe, it is more like a gourmet hall thanks to its various counters where you can taste the famous pizzas and house pasta, cold cuts, to die for burgers straight from the best burger restaurant in the United States, or sweet treats. You will be easily seduced by the neat and warm decoration of the place, between a tavern and a family home. Definitely worth it if you find yourself in the neighborhood!

We recommend: La Trattoria's plin burro e salvia (10€)

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The most anticipated: Food Society
The enormous upcoming Food Society in Monparnasse

Picture this: Europe's largest food hall with 35 food counters and bars installed in a space of over 5,000 m2. No, you're not dreaming! We're obviously talking about the new Food Society project that will open its doors in the Ateliers Gaîté, in the heart of Montparnasse. What's on the menu? Restaurant counters and bars from all horizons, with culinary events and animations. Can't wait to check it out!

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